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Old 08-12-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Uncharted island
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Default Malibu VS San Diego

I'm a huge fan of San Diego for a bunch of reasons (warm, surfing, kinda lazy like me, lotsa mexican food!) but I was wondering if there were parts of LA and its surrounding burbs that were similar to it?

What's Malibu like compared to SD? How about Santa Barbara?

Take note, I'm not asking which are better or worse or any of that. I mean in terms of lifestyle and some of the factors listed above...is it any different?
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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You might get more responses if you have this moved to the CA forum. Malibu is more comparable to La Jolla or Del Mar, small and wealthy.

There are parts of coastal LA that have a similar atmosphere as SD. I would say Venice (similar to OB in ways), Redondo and Manhattan Beaches (similar to PB and MB)

Santa Barbara is like a bigger La Jolla imo.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The surfing culture is all along the coast even as far north as Santa Cruz and near San Francisco. In Southern California the beach scene\ surfer lifestyle is common everywhere along the immediate coastline with some cities strongly reflecting that focus. In Los Angeles county it would be especially prevalent in areas like Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Malibu. In Orange county places like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, etc.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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Malibu is a very, very small beach town. A gated beach town. It isn't someplace you are allowed to go unless you have a reason for being there.

San Diego is a very, very large suburban area.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Malibu is a very, very small beach town. A gated beach town. It isn't someplace you are allowed to go unless you have a reason for being there.

San Diego is a very, very large suburban area.
That is not true. There are no private beaches in California; the California Coastal Commission makes that very clear and orders wealthy people to not block any access to the beach. A person can swim or surf at any beach since they are all public and owned by the state. Zuma and Pt Dume are just two of many great beaches for water activities.
Malibu

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Old 08-13-2010, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Earth
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That is not true. There are no private beaches in California; the California Coastal Commission makes that very clear and orders wealthy people to not block any access to the beach. A person can swim or surf at any beach since they are all public and owned by the state. Zuma and Pt Dume are just two of many great beaches for water activities.
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Los Angeles
Very, very true.

Malibu however due to its isolation from the rest of L.A. County (it's even isolated from Santa Monica) has a sort of very insular mentality/feeling ; going to the Malibu Inn makes me feel like I'm in a small town where everyone knows each other and hangs out no matter what the entertainment's like. There's not really much to do other than the beach, which is open to the public as Californio Sur states. I wouldn't compare it to SD at all ; the most similar places in CA to Malibu would be parts of Marin, like Stinson Beach.


It is, unquestionably, very beautiful, and Zuma's the best beach in L.A. County for any sort of water activity due to it being outside of Santa Monica Bay (barely, but enough to know the difference). Point Dume and County Line are also great beaches for the same reasons.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The SoCal beach culture can be found up the entire coast. It's inland where you see the real differences. Of course some areas will have a different feel than others.

Malibu is an upscale suburb that is pretty quiet. The appeal there for the rich is getting a house where you can walk out of your back door and on to the beach. No public path runs behind the houses.

Santa Barbara is a small and upscale beach city. It feels more laid back and refined than San Diego. More boring also. A larger version of LaJolla is not a bad comparison.

I think you would like the beach towns that Californio Sur mentioned above. Hermosa Beach is a favorite of mine in particular. It's kind of like a nicer version of Pacific Beach in San Diego.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Laguna Beach CA./Denver CO.
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[quote=majoun;15455077]Very, very true.

Malibu however due to its isolation from the rest of L.A. County (it's even isolated from Santa Monica) has a sort of very insular mentality/feeling ; going to the Malibu Inn makes me feel like I'm in a small town where everyone knows each other and hangs out no matter what the entertainment's like.

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Not sure if you know.. The Malibu Inn closed it's doors last year; it really was such a cool place to drink and catch some amazing music. I agree Malibu does feel very isolated, but totally laid back and friendly...
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The residents of Malibu understandably want to keep it 'under the radar' as much as possible. Pacific Coast Highway is often crowded and slow-going yet no one is advocating for more lanes or a freeway type highway. Historically, Malibu has always been off the beaten track and somewhat exclusive. The fact that many very wealthy people live in Malibu reinforces the attitude that outsiders are intruders. But the same attitude is common in many very wealthy communities all over the nation. Santa Barbara, especially Montecito is very exclusive as well. To a lesser extent Newport Beach and Laguna Beach have that vib and certianly La Jolla, & La Costa reflect that mindset. I don't necessarily resent that some communities are very wealthy so long as they don't try to keep others out of public areas [ie. beach].
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